“Parsing Vision” by M. M. McCabe @ HSSB 4080
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Plato’s Republic is dominated by the idiom of seeing: to describe the framing encounters, the ordinary business of our engagement with the perceptible world, and the extraordinary business of the intellect and its development of knowledge. But the account of vision that underlies all of this has rich cognitive content, which makes it possible to think about vision as a faculty that can be developed, improved and even perfected. There is considerable plausibility in this view of vision; Platonic art can tell us about our own aesthetic experience.  This exposes an unexpected fertility in the analogy between vision and intellection.

M. M. McCabe is Emerita Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Kings College, London, and is currently Sather Professor of Classics at UC Berkeley. ‘Parsing Vision’ is one of her series of 2017 Sather Lectures on “Seeing and Saying: Plato on Virtue and Knowledge.”

This lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Classics and Philosophy, and the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies.

Foreign Language Exam (Winter 2017)
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Contact Anna to schedule your time.

“Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’ and Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-raq'” by Tracey L. Walters (Black Classicism Series) @ HSSB 4080
Mar 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Tracey L. Walters is Associate Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies, SUNY – Stony Brook University.

Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World” (2014) and Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” (2015) draw on western classical mythology featuring strong female characters to engage in satirical meditations on history, politics, and sexuality to tell stories about the black female experience. Their classical interpretations both humored and angered audiences who took to social media to express their opinions about the artwork itself and the audience reaction to the art.  When considering this public critique, the question for examination is how and why do Walker and Lee’s  adoption of the classics problematize the representation of the black female body in the public sphere?

Sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies and the Departments of Black Studies and Classics.

Noah Segal’s Significant Paper presentation: “A Partisan of No: Cato, the Roman Triumph, and Republican Ideology in ad Familiares 15.5” @ HSSB 4065
Mar 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
“Architectural Memory and the Varieties of Late Antique Appropriation: The Case of S. Paolo fuori le mura,” by Ann Marie Yasin @ Arts 1341
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ann Marie Yasin is Associate Professor of Art History and Classics at USC. She also serves as Exhibit Review Editor for Studies in Late Antiquity. 
School visit: San Luis Obispo High School @ HSSB
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm

Our annual meet-and-greet with Latin and Classics students from SLO High! Professors are encouraged to make themselves available to welcome and encourage the next generation of students curious about our discipline.

“Twenty-first century Classics and the Matter of ‘Black Lives’,” by Patrice Rankin @ HSSB 4080, UCSB
Apr 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Patrice Rankine is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Richmond University.

This lecture is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the ‘14 Black Classicists‘ exhibition hosted jointly by the Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and the Library.

Co-sponsored by the Argyropoulos Endowment for Hellenic Studies, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, and the departments of Black Studies and Classics.

“Let us go upon the Acropolis: John Wesley Gilbert in Greece, September 1890-April 1891,” by John Lee (UCSB) @ UCSB Library, Instruction & Training 1312
Apr 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

John Wesley Gilbert (ca. 1865-1923) was born in Hephzibah, Georgia.  He received his BA from Brown University in 1888, and as a Brown MA student in 1890-1891 he became the first African American to attend the fledgling American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA).  Drawing on Gilbert’s own writings and other contemporary documents, this talk examines the historical significance of Gilbert’s year in Greece, including his participation in the ASCSA excavations at Eretria.
John W.I. Lee is Associate Professor of History at UCSB. This talk is part of the ‘Black Classicism’ lecture series presented in conjunction with the “14 Black Classicists” exhibition hosted by the AD&A Museum and the UCSB Library.Co-sponsored with the Argyropoulos Endowment in Hellenic Studies, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, and the departments of Classics and Black Studies.
“Controlling women, founding the city: the role of Prokne in Aristophanes’ Birds”, by Deepti Menon @ HSSB 4065
Apr 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
“Like Frogs Around a Pond: Maritime Religion in Ancient Greek Culture,” by Amelia R. Brown @ HSSB 4041
Apr 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Prof. Amelia R. Brown (Greek History & Language, University of Queensland) holds a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council to study the role that sailors and travelers had on the development of Greek religion and identity.

This lecture is presented by the IHC Research Focus Group in Ancient Borderlands.